Often great opportunities are associated with leaving our comfort zone and venturing into the learning zone. This step out of the familiar, comfortable, controllable is frequently associated with fear and uncertainty. Fear is a reason that keeps many of us from doing what we want to do. But it is precisely behind our fear that something new is waiting to help us grow, learn and mature.
There are three levels of fears:
Level 1: These are surface stories. Some are facts, like aging, change, and some require action like making decisions, moving jobs,...
Level 2: This is about our ego, about our inner fears, such as rejection, helplessness,...
Level 3: This is the only real fear. All fears above (levels 1 and 2) are based on the fear that we cannot handle our fears.
So ask yourself:
- What would you dare to if your fear wasn't there?
- What would you dare to do as a leader if this fear were not there?
- If you knew you could handle everything you encountered in life, what would be different?
- What would be different if you were good enough as you are?